Uhuru House and Akwaaba Hall, St. Louis, Missouri
APEDF is initiating a major funding campaign to renovate a recently purchased 9,000 square foot building for a new Uhuru House at 4101 West Florissant Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. This will be our third Akwaaba (Welcome) Hall -- a political, cultural and economic hub for Family, Friends and Freedom!
We are joining with local members of our organization and the efforts of African people in St. Louis to reclaim our once vibrant African community. In the neighborhood of the new Uhuru House, where there was once a movie theater, a boxing ring, prosperous businesses, a thriving center of African music and culture, stately homes and neighborhoods, there are now hundreds of empty boarded up homes, storefronts and factories. The population of St. Louis has declined by a third since then, and unemployment and poverty rates skyrocketed for African people.
St. Louis can become a model of a depressed African community taking shape under the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) in partnership with Black Star Industries. We are determined that the desire of African people for change will result in concrete progress for our people.
We are looking forward to bringing to St. Louis our 20+ years of experience in building institutions of African economic development as we have done in St. Petersburg, FL, Oakland, CA, Philadelphia, PA. Donate and volunteer with the St. Louis Self-Determination Projects!
Community Outdoor Event Space
Across the street from the Uhuru House, we are also purchasing two empty lots and two buildings that will need to be demolished. Combining all of these will create an outdoor community event space to hold the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace, health and book fairs, a community garden, Halloween family programs and more.
Uhuru Jiko Community Commercial Kitchen
We are also in process of purchasing another building to house the Uhuru Jiko Community Commercial Kitchen, Uhuru Bakery Café, Uhuru Foods & Pies and African Independence Workforce Program that will provide training in the food industry for African men and women who have been previously incarcerated.
After 20 years at our small Center City location, Uhuru Furniture and Collectibles moved to our current location with two floors and four times the space to better display our ever changing inventory of top quality, reasonably priced, gently used furniture and home decor. We now have a loading zone and available parking, along with more employment opportunities for the community and space for community special events and the N2U Uhuru Volunteer Brigade.
Our newest line is NZO (link to the NZO page) African Styles at Home and Abroad, beautiful hand painted African style furniture, pillows and accessories. Uhuru Furniture is the home of the Bargain Buy, furniture discounted for quick sale starting at $5 and up. We arrange same day or next day reasonably priced delivery.
Location and Contact
Address: 832 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 546-9616
Blog address: www.uhurufurniturephilly.blogspot.com
Philadelphia HoursTuesday-Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm. Closed Monday.
Fast, Free Donation Pick Ups in Philadelphia region
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Six days a week, in conv convenient 1 hour window appointments.
Philadelphia Volunteer Orientations and OpportunitiesUhuru N2U Volunteer Orientations every Thursday from 5- 6pm at the store,
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Philadelphia Special eventsJanuary: Annual volunteer mobilization for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
April – October: Uhuru Flea Market / One Africa! One Nation! Marketplaces Monthly markets in Clark Park, 43rd& Chester, West Philadelphia Vendors and Volunteers Needed
April: Annual APEDF Health Festival at the Uhuru Flea Market
October: Annual APEDF Book Fair at the Uhuru Flea Market